IMPROVING NURSE RETENTION THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE ONCOLOGY ORIENTATION PROGRAM

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/165084
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
IMPROVING NURSE RETENTION THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE ONCOLOGY ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Author(s):
O'Leary, Colleen; Holmes Gobel, Barbara; Vancura, Lesley; Smith, Valerie; Witt, Sarah; Vo, Yvette
Author Details:
Collen O'Leary, RN BSN OCN, RN Staff Educator, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA, email: coleary@nmh.org; Barbara Holmes Gobel, RN, MS, AOCN; Lesley Vancura, RN, MS; Valerie Smith, RN, BSN, OCN, HPCN, Northwestern Memorial Faculty Foundation, Chicago, Illinois; Sarah Witt, RN, BSN, OCN; Yvette Vo, RN, BSN, OCN
Abstract:
The RN vacancy rate will be 20% with an estimated shortage of one million nurses by the year 2020. Nurse turnover is a costly problem that will continue as healthcare faces this shortage. These costs are both financial and patient centered. The cost of replacing a nurse is 1.5-2.5 times the nurseÆs annual salary putting financial strain on institutions. Group cohesion and satisfaction with work, including feeling confident with skills are the greatest predictors of a nurseÆs intent to stay in their institution. A program focused on development of critical thinking skills, patient care management and enhancement of self confidence will positively affect nurse retention rates and patient outcomes. The Fundamentals of Oncology Nursing (FON) program is a comprehensive 16 week program addressing psychosocial issues, critical thinking, and skill acquisition. Each class includes a discussion addressing the psychosocial issues faced by nurses, as well as instructor led modules. Lab time is included in some modules. Classes are held on a continuous rotating basis. Continuing education credits (CEUs) are awarded for each module. After completing the program, enough CEUs will have been obtained to qualify for the OCN exam. An evaluation is done at the completion of the program. Evaluations rate areas of logistics, critical thinking skills/patient care management, self confidence and retention. All areas were rated on a Likert scale of 1-5. Scores ranged from 3.2 û 3.8 with an average of 3.7. The yearly goal for nurse turnover is 9 or below. Prior to implementing the FON program, the turnover rate was 10. Since beginning the program the turnover rate is 4. These numbers do not clearly identify if someone leaving did or did not go through the program. This could affect the accuracy of the numbers. Nurses were able to identify that having this program helped in their decision to stay. Further study should be done to find any correlation between the program and improved patient outcomes. The Fundamentals of Oncology Nursing program addresses the development of critical thinking skills, patient care management and improvement of self confidence and affects job satisfaction and retention of nurses in our institution.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress
Conference Host:
Oncology Nursing Society
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleIMPROVING NURSE RETENTION THROUGH A COMPREHENSIVE ONCOLOGY ORIENTATION PROGRAMen_GB
dc.contributor.authorO'Leary, Colleenen_US
dc.contributor.authorHolmes Gobel, Barbaraen_US
dc.contributor.authorVancura, Lesleyen_US
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Valerieen_US
dc.contributor.authorWitt, Sarahen_US
dc.contributor.authorVo, Yvetteen_US
dc.author.detailsCollen O'Leary, RN BSN OCN, RN Staff Educator, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA, email: coleary@nmh.org; Barbara Holmes Gobel, RN, MS, AOCN; Lesley Vancura, RN, MS; Valerie Smith, RN, BSN, OCN, HPCN, Northwestern Memorial Faculty Foundation, Chicago, Illinois; Sarah Witt, RN, BSN, OCN; Yvette Vo, RN, BSN, OCNen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/165084-
dc.description.abstractThe RN vacancy rate will be 20% with an estimated shortage of one million nurses by the year 2020. Nurse turnover is a costly problem that will continue as healthcare faces this shortage. These costs are both financial and patient centered. The cost of replacing a nurse is 1.5-2.5 times the nurseÆs annual salary putting financial strain on institutions. Group cohesion and satisfaction with work, including feeling confident with skills are the greatest predictors of a nurseÆs intent to stay in their institution. A program focused on development of critical thinking skills, patient care management and enhancement of self confidence will positively affect nurse retention rates and patient outcomes. The Fundamentals of Oncology Nursing (FON) program is a comprehensive 16 week program addressing psychosocial issues, critical thinking, and skill acquisition. Each class includes a discussion addressing the psychosocial issues faced by nurses, as well as instructor led modules. Lab time is included in some modules. Classes are held on a continuous rotating basis. Continuing education credits (CEUs) are awarded for each module. After completing the program, enough CEUs will have been obtained to qualify for the OCN exam. An evaluation is done at the completion of the program. Evaluations rate areas of logistics, critical thinking skills/patient care management, self confidence and retention. All areas were rated on a Likert scale of 1-5. Scores ranged from 3.2 û 3.8 with an average of 3.7. The yearly goal for nurse turnover is 9 or below. Prior to implementing the FON program, the turnover rate was 10. Since beginning the program the turnover rate is 4. These numbers do not clearly identify if someone leaving did or did not go through the program. This could affect the accuracy of the numbers. Nurses were able to identify that having this program helped in their decision to stay. Further study should be done to find any correlation between the program and improved patient outcomes. The Fundamentals of Oncology Nursing program addresses the development of critical thinking skills, patient care management and improvement of self confidence and affects job satisfaction and retention of nurses in our institution.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T12:12:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T12:12:14Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name32nd Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congressen_US
dc.conference.hostOncology Nursing Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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